The city is an aviation hub and it could be considered as the largest in South East Asia. Singapore Airlines is the largest carrier in the city and Silk Air is its regional subsidiary.
Singapore is well connected with various airlines throughout the world and almost each carrier offers a flight to Singapore. There are two main airports in Singapore namely Changi Airport and Seletar Airport.
Located 20 km northeast of downtown Singapore, the Changi Airport is operated by the Changi Airport Group and is also the home base of the major airline services of Singapore like Singapore Airlines Cargo, Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Tiger Airways, Jetstar Asia Airways, Valyair and Jett8 Airlines Cargo.
From India, direct flights are available from Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai to Singapore City. Flights are provided by Air India and Singapore Airlines.
The airport has five terminals and a Sky train facility has also been arranged between the terminals to transfer travellers. The airport has a number of facilities including business centres, video conferencing facilities, and work stations with modems. Further, there are restaurants, cafes, bars, delis, fast-food outlets and snack bars.
The airport is equipped with 24 hour money exchange services and wireless internet, free internet kiosks, postal and fax services. Missing luggage and other issues are handled by the counters of the Information and Customer Service of the airport.
Apart from duty free shops, the airport has a 24 hour medical centre, a swimming pool, spa, showers, massage and fitness centre, prayer room, beauty services and garden. Disabled persons can inform their requirements in advance and avail facilities like lifts, ramps, accessible toilets and wheel chairs.
There is a huge car parking lot with space for around 900 cars and 100 motor cycles. Free city tours are available about six times a day and the Singapore Visitor Centre offers assistance in joining a trip for a tour from the airport and back.
The buses in the Airport provide frequent services in each of the terminals and the ground transport centre is located in the Arrivals hall of Terminal 1. The MRT station which is located in Terminal 2 provides train services to the city. A 24 hour taxi service is also available outside the Arrival hall.
Seletar Airport is Singapore’s first airport used just for general aviation purposes. Chartered flights land here and taxis are the only means to get to this airport and they charge $3. This airport was completed in the year 1928 and was used for civil aviation purposes in 1930, for the first time.
From Changi Airport, taxis are available which take one to the city centre at a cost of $20 - $30 plus $5 for the airport.